Solange has cancelled several live performances this year, and now she has revealed that she is battling health issues. The singer had been due to play Afropunk Festival on New Year's Eve in Johannesburg, South Africa, but she cancelled the gig and posted an Instagram message explaining that she is battling an autonomic disorder.
She revealed that her symptoms fluctuate from day to day and wrote, "My doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after." She's apparently been battling the illness for five months.
"It been a journey that hasn't been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all," she wrote.
It's unclear from her message how many of her other 2017 cancellations were due to her health struggles. Her appearance at Tallahassee, FL's FSU Warchant was nixed due to "a medical condition," and a prior cancellation at Osheaga in Montreal was called off due to "unforeseen production issues out of her and the festival's control." A spring gig at Boston Calling was similarly cancelled because of "production delays and complications beyond her control."
Read Solange's message below.
Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times... Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share... However it's so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won't be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn't been easy on me... Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It's a complicated diagnoses , and I'm still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can't put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you.......but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance.....as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can't thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I've tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I'm looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life... Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I'm so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.